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Tressi L. Cordaro

Washington, D.C. Region

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Tressi L. Cordaro is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She advises and represents employers on occupational safety and health matters before federal and state OSHA enforcement agencies.

Ms. Cordaro has advised employers faced with willful and serious citations as the result of catastrophic events and fatalities, including citations involving multi-million dollar penalties. Ms. Cordaro’s approach to representing an employer cited by OSHA is to seek an efficient resolution of contested citations, reserving litigation as the option if the client’s business objectives cannot otherwise be achieved. As a result, she has secured OSHA withdrawals of citations without the need for litigation.

Ms. Cordaro’s unique experience with government agencies involved in OSHA enforcement enables her to provide employers with especially insightful guidance as to how regulators view OSHA compliance obligations, and evaluate contested cases.

Ms. Cordaro served as the Presidentially-appointed Legal Counsel and Special Advisor to the past Chairman and Commissioner Horace A. Thompson, III at the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSHRC) in Washington, DC, the agency that adjudicates contested federal OSHA citations. As the Commissioner’s chief counsel, Ms. Cordaro analyzed all cases presented to the OSHRC and advocated the Commissioner’s position during decisional meetings.

In addition, Ms. Cordaro worked at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration developing OSHA standards, regulations and enforcement and compliance policies, with emphasis on the construction industry. She has in-depth experience on technical issues including, in particular, issues related to cranes and derricks in construction.

Honors and Recognitions

  • U.S. Secretary of Labor's Exceptional Achievement Award for work done with Cranes & Derricks Negotiated Rulemaking (2005)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia

Published Works

  • "All Eyes on the Road," American Cranes & Transport (July 2011)
  • "Workplace Safety - MOSH & OSHA in 2011," Maryland State Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Newsletter (Spring 2011)

Speeches and Presentations

  • Edison Electric Institute, Safety and Health Committee – “OSHA Update” – Indianapolis (2013) (presenter)
  • U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission Judicial Conference – Significant Decisions (2012) (presenter)
  • Edison Electric Institute, Safety and Health Committee - "OSHA Update" – Albuquerque (2012) (presenter)
  • American Bar Association, OSH Law Midwinter Meeting – Significant Decisions (2012) (moderator)
  • National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) – OSHA Fundamentals – What Every Small Business Owner Needs to Know and Do Before, During, and After an OSHA Inspection (2011) (presenter)
  • Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) – Crane & Rigging Workshop – Preparing for OSHA’s Recent Climate Change (2011) (presenter)

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July 29, 2016
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Tressi Cordaro Featured in OSHA Q&A

July 29, 2016

Tressi Cordaro’s responses are featured in a Q&A on “What keeps safety and health lawyers up at night?,” published by BLR’s OSHA Compliance Advisor . Subscription may be required to view article Read More

May 5, 2016
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Tressi Cordaro Discusses Reporting Employee Injuries

May 5, 2016

Tressi Cordaro discusses federal requirements that require employers to record workplace safety injuries involving intoxicated workers in Business Insurance’s “Worker Intoxication doesn’t exempt employers from reporting injuries." Subscription may be required to view article. Read More

April 7, 2016

Tressi Cordaro Discusses Handling OSHA Citations

April 7, 2016

Tressi Cordaro’s advice to Intelivert on handling OSHA citations is quoted in “Legal Experts Weigh In: Handling OSHA Citations the Right Way,” published by EHS Today. Subcription may be required to view article. Read More

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August 18, 2016

OSHA Issues Special Zika Guidance to Employers

August 18, 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued “interim guidance” to provide employers and workers information and advice on preventing occupational exposure to the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The guidance’s recommended actions (Control & Prevention) for employers and general outdoor workers include... Read More

July 5, 2016

Mine Operators Face Conundrum over MSHA’s RFI on Diesel Exhaust

July 5, 2016

The mining industry faces a conundrum over the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s Request for Information (RFI) for industry data and experiences accumulated by underground mine operators over the past 15 years. MSHA’s diesel particulate matter (DPM) rules require operators to maintain the information. MSHA has... Read More

June 20, 2016

New OSHA Whistleblower ‘Shaming’ Program Draws Fire

June 20, 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a pilot program in the Midwest region to shame employers who allegedly violate their employees’ whistleblower rights egregiously, but a critic contends the initiative may violate a company’s due process rights and unfairly ruin its business reputation. Called... Read More

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Doctor Recommendations Are Medical Treatment According to OSHA
August 11, 2016

In an April 2016 Interpretation Letter, which was recently made publically available, OSHA responded to a question about medical treatment beyond first aid for recordkeeping purposes. Read More

Electronic Recordkeeping Rule – OSHA Delays Effective Date for Anti-Retaliation Provision
July 14, 2016

Yesterday, OSHA announced that it would delay the effective date of one portion of the final rule, “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” also known as the Electronic Recordkeeping rule. Read More

OSHA Announces New Maximum Penalty Amounts
July 5, 2016

Under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 OSHA was required to adjust civil penalties for violations of safety and health standards on or before July 1, 2016.  The Bipartisan Budget Act allowed OSHA  a one time “catch-up” to adjust for inflation since 1990. Read More